Paving ideas for Pathways

Category: Project, Sureset Blog

Posted 21st September 2015 by Ben Shave


Thinking of a new footpath or maybe upgrading your existing surface?

The choice of paving materials available to us can make any paving upgrade including a pathway a decision we find difficult. Whether you are paving a rural trail, urban public footway or simply a residential path, we have put together a few options that may help you decide the best footpath options and what you can do to make them meet your vision or clients brief.

Here are a few ideas for you…

  • Lay over your existing footpath. It’s a quick and easy way to revitalise your path and boost your homes kerb appeal. Resin bound paving materials are great for doing exactly this, if you have an existing concrete, tarmac or even a hardcore base, overlaying is possible.
  • Use colours in your pathway to complement or contrast your home.
  • You can even use more than one type for paving material to achieve various colours.
  • Harmonise with other materials such as block paving, brick, paving slabs, decking, gravel, crazy paving, pattern-imprinted concrete, sand-stone and granite setts, some of these wonderful paving options really work well together.
  • Personalise your footpath with a design or pattern. Yes, pathways serve a purpose, but you can have many types of personalisation within a footpath including numbers, words, a star and even paw prints. Keep in mind the type of paving materials you opt for as some will be limited for want you may want to achieve.
  • Shape consider the shape of your pathway too, thinking of the overall design.  Modern to contemporary as well as the surrounding scenery, heritage, homely or cityscapes.
  • Camouflage – Unsightly drains and manhole covers can be unappealing and therefore choosing a type of paving that can hide or blend them into your walkway would be another factor to consider to ensure you get that seamless and smooth, accessible finish.
  • Create a clean boundary up to any edge by including kerbs, pin kerbs, plastic lawn edging, wood and timber, marble setts or aluminium edging.
  • Think of the Purpose,pathways all have a purpose and the more appealing and practical they are the more likely they will get used, a path is a guide for walkers, cyclists, children and so on to reach a particular destination. 
  • Build in a ramp to improve access for pushchairs, bicycles, wheelchairs, bins, and garden toys.
  • This might sound a little strange, but in cold countries underfloor heating is installed with footpaths to speed up the thawing process and prevent slips. Something to consider if you do live somewhere cold or you would like to avoid the snow and ice indefinitely.
  • Light up your pathway and impress your neighbours! Use solar lights or mains, and think about the height, as they can be made flush with some paving materials and included within the edging or they can be further away or set at a height using pillars or walls. Fibre optic lighting is especially effective under our clear recycled resin bound glass – incorporate LED or recessed ground lights within the pathway.
  • Show your Trees some love and include them in your design, using permeable paving options – it’s easy. A tree needs water, so permeable paving such as resin bound or loose gravel are great choice. Both options allow the tree pit water to reach the roots, giving it protection, that eliminates trip hazards and provides flexibility for growth, however the loose gravel stones are a little messy when it comes to maintenance.



Since the devastation of the 2007 floods, caused by large volumes of surface water runoff and bursting side banks of overflowing rivers, permeable paving has been so popular and a curtail change to planning and building future hardscapes. A fully SuDS compliant residential footpath is highly recommended and require little to none planning permission. SureSet resin bound paving is permeable and provides functionality, practicality, and good looks all in one paving material.


Here are some answers to questions we are frequently asked about SureSet resin bound…

Do I need planning permission?

No, 2008 government legislation states that you do not need planning permission if the surface is permeable (or less than five square metres).  

Who installs SureSet resin bound?

All SureSet installations are carried out by our Installation Team or nationwide network of Approved Installers. Both work tidily and with respect to you and neighbouring properties.

Is resin bound paving easy to clean?

Yes it is. Watch our maintenance video to see for yourself how easy it is.

How long before I can use my pathway?

In as little as four to six hours after installation.

How long will SureSet resin bound last?

SureSet permeable paving comes with an 21 year guarantee, however our own experience and knowledge suggests it will last in excess of 25 years.

How much does SureSet resin bound cost?

Your project is unique to you and so individually priced. We take into account your location, size of your footpath and the stone you choose. All of our quotes are free, with no obligation and can be arranged by contacting us.

What can SureSet resin bound be laid on?

A SureSet resin bound footway can be laid on a new base and existing asphalt and concrete (in reasonable condition). More detailed information about suitable bases for SureSet.

Read more about our pathways on our website where you can read case studies on our pathway installations and download a brochure, maintenance guide or specification advice sheet (useful for contractors preparing work).



Pathways attract physical activity that help motor fitness to better coordination, balance, and agility.


If you have any other questions, please just contact us and we will be happy to help – please call on 01985 841 180 or email us at [email protected]

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